The β€œWhat If…” Game

O.K., warriors- we’re gonna play a little game here and you might be familiar with it some. I did a post called “Just Imagine warriors” back in 2019 but some recent comments got me thinking more. I am in some Ultimate Warrior Facebook groups and a few subjects get brought up quite a bit.

Their “what if” mainly centers on who Ultimate Warrior opponents could have been had he stayed in the business for a duration. Another “what if” that I heard mentioned from time to time was regarding Hulk Hogan turning heel after WrestleMania VI. I actually had heard that from Hogan himself in an interview. What if and just imagine all in one. Instead of Hulk presenting the belt to Warrior after the match, he’d beat him up as the crowd would be stunned. Losing his belt and becoming bad in the same night! Vince said nope, not gonna happen. There are those who say Hogan made lots of stuff up but who knows? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈI never heard Warrior’s take on that at all-maybe he never knew?

Which takes us to some of those mentioned as opponents of the Ultimate Warrior. Most wanted to see him against Jake “The Snake” Roberts but that never was scripted. Warrior should’ve got his revenge on the “snake man” for tricking him during all that prep work involving the Undertaker. They all did team up once, wow… Some also added Earthquake, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, and others. The Attitude Era factored in with names like Yokozuna, Diesel, and the British Bulldog. A few Warrior wrestled perhaps but not actual feuds with a big storyline. Who would you like to have seen against the Ultimate Warrior in this what if game?

Let’s bring ourselves into the match. I’ve done this with changing careers but what if other aspects of your life switched opponents so to speak. What if you lived somewhere else? What if you never got married if you are or never had kids if you do? What if you were born into a totally different family? Alright, that’s probably too deep to answer. 😬I know I ramble too much sometimes… Our free will determines lots of those choices but often times when it comes to business, the boss or other circumstances tag themselves in.

Think about both huge title wins in the Ultimate Warrior’s career. We’ve all probably heard those rumors that Warrior “never stuck his nose into any of that” but they were there. With his SummerSlam ’88 Intercontinental win over the Honky Tonk Man, it really wasn’t gonna happen that way at first. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was injured but I heard HTM didn’t want to drop the belt to him. Hmmm…. He didn’t mind letting his longtime reign end by crowning the Ultimate Warrior -yay! Thanks HTM and Vince am sure. How about the Heavyweight bout at WMVI? Well, the crowd brought that together as Vince pondered the what if game. πŸ€”Two good guys against each other and both belts up for grabs. That was all new back then and had never happened before. Not to mention leaving the country for a Mania. Vince came out later to say how he felt Warrior really wasn’t truly ready to be the champ. I disagreed of course. They wanted another Hulk which Warrior was not. Hulk had also said all the fans were looking at him on the cart instead of the new champ in the ring. Almost 68,000 people and all looking at him? Quite an exaggeration… not bashing but come on Hulk. πŸ™„After less than a year, Hogan won the belt back against Sgt. Slaughter in WMVII. *Sigh** but I loved Warrior and Randy so that needed to happen.

Oh, the what if game can go on and on. What if there was a rematch in a way between Hulk and Warrior? Oh wait, there kinda was in WCW which resulted in a cheating win by Hulk. What if Warrior didn’t come and go so many times? We will always say that but the truth is what ifs are just scenarios. I personally like more positive what ifs in this game since there are too many negatives out there all the time about Warrior and his career. We can plan for the good and hope for the best but it may not always work that way. Our lives happen whether or not we plan everything out. We can’t and don’t. There are always tons of ideas and decisions to make all the time. The professional ones might get made by others and we need to comply but the personal ones we do have more control over. It may not go in that straight line without obstacles but the detours will still get us there.

You can play the what if game so many times but honestly, enjoy your life now. It’s all you have. Yes, it can become quite interesting with those FB U.W. groups and all their banter. Some I enjoy, some not. Let’s just not play the game too much in our own life. If you spend a lot of time playing what if, you aren’t truly living. You can play a little because we are human but just live it the best you can in the way that works. What if can become great as am sure Warrior thought when he became that intensified character. “What if I could be the Heavyweight Champ one day?” Yep, that works! Use your own what if to make the great stuff happen and let go of the bad. The what if game will then be won and the NEW Champ is you! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ†

P.S. Two possible opponents I mentioned of U.W’s were inducted with him in WWE’s HOF 2014 class. For those that don’t know— Jake Roberts and Razor Ramon.( aka Scott Hall)

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The Realness of Rivalries

Last week was all about friends so this week is sorta going in the opposite direction. Not necessarily enemies but rivalries with others is today’s focus. That “realness” is again scripted among WWE performers but just like with friends, the dislike may remain. We all have those rivalries with many people but it’s how we face them that matters.

The excitement and drama of pro-wrestling keeps us glued to our seats and we love all those feuding rivalries. It’s not that way with real life “storylines” as we aren’t drop kicking or slamming someone to the mat! I hope you are not.

Whatever comes up in your relationships, do you keep that rivalry or after a time dismiss it? If Joe wants to put his Christmas lights up in October, does that start a rivalry with you or not? I guess it depends as some have healthy rivalries that are all in good fun. Ya know, like an annual neighborhood party. Some may also just have a rivalry for a brief time like the Ultimate Warrior had with many but then they move on.

Perhaps some rivalries even turn into those friendships of last week. We need to look at the realness of them all. Siblings can be rivals and yes, that is very real. How many of you have that as a rivalry? I didn’t really but it all does get into competition which was another post. Rivalries are everywhere and connect us all. What about that annoying co-worker who seems to have everything going their way while you struggle getting ahead?

Sometimes a rivalry is just about one area of our lives, it gets resolved and then new ones begin. We may have life long friendships based on rivalries but then need to decide if they are worth keeping. Case in point- politics. I will never get political on here but I bet many of you have someone who won’t ever agree with your politics. You are friends but that rivalry of disagreement is real. Would you let your points of view destroy the friendship or would you work to save it? This is tough for all of us but it’s again always a choice. The friendship or the rivalry needs to be decided.

Let’s go back to wrestling for a moment. That photo is the Ultimate Warrior of course giving a promo behind a steel cage. This was for his upcoming SummerSlam match with Ravishing Rick Rude. Yeah, the pics are all about S.S. lately! Their rivalry went on for quite a while. Even though performances are fake, it’s very real emotionally for fans. We get just as absorbed watching as they do acting. The rivalry is real for that time we are involved and following.

Some rivalries will always remain with us like possibly family members where memories can surface. We may also have that work relationship that will be a constant rivalry until someone leaves the business. There are times when a rivalry is brewing without your knowledge. Jealousy can come about or back-stabbing and we are oblivious to the whole thing.

I know there were or perhaps are some WWE rivalries that start out as scripted but then each may really dislike the other. They may never be friends. Most wanted the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan to be friends but they really weren’t that close. Being good guys meant you weren’t competing against each other, just for fans. Vince McMahon did call them both “consummate professionals” despite their rivalry. They did of course become rivals just once but still not true friends. It wasn’t what everyone wanted but true rivals-no. There are those who live for drama of a rivalry and lose touch with reality if there isn’t one.

So, is it friends or rivals for all of you? Relationships are always a mystery and we go thru many stages of both. Just spend time truly realizing which rivalries are real to you and which are not. Little issues can lead to bigger ones but think about if you really want or need this person in your life. Unlike the stories of pro-wrestling, our true lives are the ones that genuinely matter most.

Take time with this topic warriors and decide if a rivalry is worth putting your gear on for or quite possibly not. It’s your decision to see them all thru. Your life IS real so decide if those rivalries are indeed as well. You don’t need to be behind a steel cage but just battle that rivalry like the warrior YOU are. Keep what matters. Slam what doesn’t! ✊🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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Ultimate Family Nuances

Happy 2020 warriors! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ A New Year and decade… I wish you all health, happiness, and humor as always! Hey, that’s WWE’s HHH( not on purpose!πŸ˜‰) This story has plenty of that humor so get your gear on and let’s start running.

As you can see with that photo, Helwig Whistle Stop is nearby my town. I know it’s missing an l warriors and across the street is Helwig Industrial Park. One of the founders of this neighboring city had that as his last name. I found very little as to why some areas were named after him but he must’ve been prominent back then. This street is one of the main roads that connects towns so I have seen this “tag team” for years now. The Whistle Stop is newer though but always a reminder of Jim Hellwig (Warrior’s birth name.) Also, I had to use the Whistle Stop Sign because of the train. Vince McMahon had referred to the Ultimate Warrior as “a runaway locomotive!”

There’s those literal SIGNS once again. Also, on that same road sits a chiropractor’s office on the corner of Daisy Street. Warrior was almost that profession and had a beloved dog named Daisy who is now with him in spirit. At least I believe that anyway. I still smile and maybe giggle every time I pass that corner. There are a few Daisy references in my book Spirit and Belief that will always warm my heart along with another train reference from a vacation.

Now, I’ll move on to more family stories. Two involve my husband and one is with my daughter ( yes, again!) I rarely mention my husband and then these little nuances got me thinking. πŸ€” A few Christmas Eves ago, we were in our church parking lot and saw my daughter’s 5th grade PSR teacher. This was a little over 3 years ago when many other sillies surfaced. My son also had this teacher and his name is Mr. HOGAN. That’s right… Well, my kids still don’t acknowledge teachers what with all the embarrassment. My husband says in a loud enough voice for me to hear: “HOGAN!” Thankfully, Mr. Hogan didn’t hear him. I’m not kidding here when I say he sounded like the Ultimate Warrior during WMVI after Hogan’s knee “went out.” Warrior yells: “Hogan!” for him to get back into the ring. I wondered if my husband had ever seen WMVI as that does remain a mystery…

The second nuance occurred several months ago as I was working on my website in another room. My husband was watching a YouTube video and I immediately heard Gorilla Monsoon’s voice announcing during a match with the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and some other opponent. I couldn’t hear it all but it was for sure an old WWF match! What the heck? He doesn’t watch that and it was playing at least a minute or more before I walked in. I didn’t want to freak him out by saying something absurd but just: “Hey, I know that voice, that’s Gorilla Monsoon!” He stopped it right away and said nothing. Hmmm…

The last little family nuance came when studying health with my daughter last year. They were learning different muscles of the body with diagrams. We all know the basics right– like gluteus maximus, (our glutes or rear!) biceps, triceps, and some others. Then, I was amused with a fun memory. Next came trapezius which is part of the neck and shoulder “area.” I thought of SummerSlam’89 between the Ultimate Warrior and Ravishing Rick Rude. Those commentators used the medical terms since we have to be serious when describing the body! I always loved when they’d say “area” after a word. Did you ever notice that back then? The kidney “area,” the frontal “area,” etc. Well, I started laughing when going over her muscle body parts vocabulary.

Guess which part she kept forgetting? Trapezius. That sounds about right, doesn’t it? That match between U.W. and R.R. resulted in Warrior getting the Intercontinental Title Belt back and started with a sign I’ve mentioned before in the audience that read: “Hi Kathy.”

Ultimate Family Nuances are always around giving me humor and memories. Some signs are new while some remain. I love them all and am humbled as my purpose is a warrior who always believes. πŸ’™πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

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The Ultimate Bad Guy? πŸ˜¬

I often times wondered how I’d feel if the Ultimate Warrior was a bad guy and if he would’ve influenced me the same way? He always said that his character was good who got away with being bad. You know– the screaming, running, shaking ropes, crazy interviews, snarling, “not following rules,” and everything in between.

But here’s my question again since I never liked the bad guys. Hardly ever anyway. There were those times that bad guy went against bad guy and it was hard to choose. I’d always go for the one who seemed a little better (or nicer!) in my mind but really– it was neither.

I am so grateful that U.W. was never a character that flip-flopped like many did. In his early years, he went from good to bad and then bad to good. We had the Freedom Fighters (tag team with Sting) — good, Blade Runners (also with Sting) –bad, Dingo Warrior (bad then good), and then of course the Ultimate Warrior (good!) I never even cared that much about any of the talent bad guy characters brought since my mind was stuck on BAD and that was it.

I can name so many performers back then during my years watching where it became hard to follow if they were bad or good! Yes- good drama, action filled storylines, and more ratings but for me– too much emotion. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t do well with shock value although that does matter very much in entertainment. Once a bad guy for me, always a bad guy. It did also change when some formed a tag team like the Ultimate Maniacs. I just had to mention them! Randy Savage was always a bad guy but with U.W., he was good. Am sure fans will remember when Andre the Giant turned good after WrestleMania VI? Of course I’d remember that, guess I’m a little biased! πŸ˜‰

Who can tell me how many times the Undertaker flip-flopped? Well, for anyone who knows my previous stories– he will always be bad to me! Even if I watched today, his bad status will remain. That old school mentality of mine never really goes away. I know WWE does this today as well and it confuses me!! Once a fan of someone’s you always are so maybe good or bad makes no difference. Does it to some of you?

I can only imagine my feelings had it been that way with the Ultimate Warrior. Deep down, I know I’d feel the same but wouldn’t have liked him bad. Not too sure Warrior’s “beliefs” would’ve resonated the same as a bad guy. O.K.– some of the “gods” up above were bad but his core disciplines, all good. Rick Rude was a good looking guy but I would NEVER admit that. He was bad and off limits to my teenage self!

I always did hear that many of them started bad like Hulk Hogan since being bad gave you a faster push in the business. I wonder why that is? Do most people like bad better? Maybe they get all the “cool” storylines but not always. Good is supposed to triumph over evil, right? I’m a “good” girl so maybe that explains it. I can be “bad” when I want though!

Besides the “Hulkster,” the Ultimate Warrior was the only other top good guy. There were others, I KNOW but popularity matters. The fans back in the day made the Dingo Warrior good because of his resemblance to Kerry Von Erich. Thank you fans for that longevity! So many aspects drew me to the U.W. character and several qualities were better suited to a good guy, not bad. Just my opinion but then again, it becomes a toss-up. Some bad characters could pull off their jargon and catch phrases as good too. Hmmm… πŸ€” Such a dilemma. Good or bad– it doesn’t really matter but so interesting to think about. Once someone became that character, it was a big part of them like their twin in a way.

I’m certain that if there happened to be a storyline where U.W. would’ve gone “rogue,” and turned from good to bad, I’d be devastated. Of course that never came to be and honestly, I don’t believe he’d ever go for it at all. Loyalty makes a difference and I know his fans deserved that in return. I realize it’s completely different today but maybe some lose fans if they switch? Women included. Guess you can always gain new ones but I feel it isn’t the same. I’d personally hate being booed but sometimes that’s the way it goes.

I thank Warrior for always being the Ultimate GOOD guy despite critics. Negativity and naysayers sometimes but deep down, his integrity made him good. Whether in or out of the ring, he lived his life dedicated to true beliefs. To me, that’s the ultimate good guy who I will always root for… πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻

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